What is Dry lining

What is Dry lining?

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Dry lining is a practical and cost effective way of cladding internal walls or ceilings, that creates a smooth surface ready to be painted. As highly regarded providers of building services for the shop fitting and commercial industries, here at StanLil we provide first class dry lining services for our clients.

In this blog, we look at what dry lining is and how it is used.

What Is Dry Lining?

This particular cladding technique is achieved by placing pre-cut boards directly on top of interior walls and ceilings. Because surfaces like masonry, timber and brick will not give a smooth finish unless plastered used a sand and cement based render, dry lining offers a fast and practical alternative to having to wait for wet plaster to dry.

The plaster boards used for dry lining are usually mass produced, and can be made from a variety of materials and supplied in various lengths, widths and thicknesses.

Why Use Dry Lining?

Dry lining is much quicker than traditional plastering, but still creates a wall that is easy to paint or cover. By adding dabs of a plaster and adhesive mix to the wall, a dry lining specialist can press the plasterboard to ensure a secure bond is formed. This method quickly produces a smooth surface, saving both time and money.

To ensure that the insulating properties of the wall are not lost, specialist insulation can be glued to the back of the plasterboard to help keep the heat in and the cold out. When the plasterboard is being attached to metal or timber studs, the insulating layer can be fitted into the gaps between the stud work.

Can Dry Lining Be Used Anywhere?

Plaster board can be used in a wide variety of applications and will affix well to brickwork and uneven surfaces.

Many newly constructed properties feature stud walls to separate internal areas, it is therefore important that dry lining plaster board is able to easily be fixed to these times of frames too. Non load-bearing walls are a great way to divide space, and are easy to construct and insulate.

There are two standard thicknesses of plasterboard – 9.5 mm and 12.5 mm. If the plasterboard is being used on a stud partition wall, the distance between the studs will dictate the thickness that should be used. Boards used for ceilings should be 12.5 mm to prevent sagging.

When fitting plasterboard around a door frame, there are specialist door kits available that will fit most standard frames perfectly. Dry lining walls are usually created using sawn timber, and there is no need for special preparations before fixing.

StanLil – Experts In Dry Lining Solutions

Because we work across a variety of disciplines, our team of professional dry lining experts are able to transform any stud partition or rough surface into smooth and useable walls and ceilings.


Our expertise has made us a leading name in commercial and retail installations. If you would like to find out how we can help with your project, call us today on 01243 558075.